Federal guidelines are certainly not always the best measure of safety, but if you are going by federal standards, there are many New England residents who are drinking water that contains twice as much fluoride as recommended by these standards.
After testing drinking wells from an undisclosed quantity of towns and wells, officials found wells in ten different towns who’s fluoride levels were vaguely described as, “higher than hoped for.”
This study’s results were posted just last week by Dina Fine Maron, who stated that an absence of regulation is to blame. She went on to proclaim that this lack of regulation was putting thousands of innocent citizens in a dangerous position with such high quantities of fluoride consumption.
The main source of water in Maine comes from private wells, which makes it much more difficult to monitor and regulate fluoride levels in the water. These private wells are not accessed by public officials, and are therefore not tested the way a public water source would be tested.
While officials have come out with many statements which encourage homeowners to test their water regularly, citizens are simply not taking action. Apart from high fluoride levels, this lack of regulation may also lead to unhealthy levels of bacteria, minerals, and other foreign attackers penetrating the water source and launching an attack on victims who simply wanted a glass of water.
The Environmental Protection Agency has set a certain level of fluoride in the water as the “Maximum acceptable level of exposure.” Maron’s study showed that more than one of the wells contained more than double this limit.
In one of the worse towns, 37.8 percent of wells tested were beyond the established limit according to state guidelines. Excess amounts of fluoride can cause many health issues including brittle bones, oral health problems, and according to one source in China, decreased intelligence.
The levels detected in this China source were similar to the levels which have been detected in some of the Maine wells, according to a local toxicologist, Andrew Smith.
Granite found in Maine’s soil is believed to be the main culprit in the increased levels of fluoride, most evident in Hancock County, where the most alarming results were discovered.
After studying one fourth of all towns in main, a total of ten demonstrated “dangerous” levels of fluoride.
Needless to say, it is a good idea for residents of Maine and other areas using water wells to have their water tested regularly to check levels of fluoride, and even more importantly, arsenic and deadly bacteria.
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